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Title: Effective Educational School Advisory Council Operations and Building Partnerships


1
Effective Educational School Advisory Council
Operations and Building Partnerships
  • Presented by Dr. rosemary j. henry
  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

2
Topics
  • School Advisory Council Composition and
    Committees
  • Committee Reporting
  • Principal/Council Communication
  • Council Evaluation
  • Professional Development for Councils
  • Building Partnerships

3
Perspectives
  • Catholic Schools are national treasures
    and they must be preserved.
  • Margaret Spellings
  • Former U.S. States Secretary of Education
  • It is the responsibility of all Catholics
    to support Catholic schools.
  • USCCB

4
Purpose of School Advisory Committees
  • To ensure strong viable, accessible and
    affordable Catholic schools
  • To aid the school in responding to its mission to
    the Church
  • To expedite the business functions of the school
  • To provide an organized and orderly process for
    addressing school issues
  • To perform strategic planning for the
    sustainability of the school

5
Composition of Committees
  • Share time, talent and treasure
  • Diversity of membership-gender, age
  • Representative of the cultural diversity of
    community
  • Special expertise and wide array of gifts/skills
    (careers and professions)
  • University, business, social agencies, parish,
    alumni, legal, finance, building and construction
  • Composition matrix (template)

6
Standing Committees
  • Executive
  • Budget and Finance /Audit Compliance
  • Facilities
  • Strategic Planning
  • Advancement (public relations, enrollment
    management, fundraising, alumni relations,
    grants)
  • Education and Quality Assurance (including
    technology)
  • By-laws Committee Roles

7
Ad-Hoc Committees
  • Committees serve special needs and are temporary
    in nature
  • Nominating
  • Mission, Philosophy, and Vision
  • Catholic Identity
  • Principal Search
  • Sports

8
Committee Forums
  • The important work and planning of the Board
    should be completed in Committee Forumsnot
    during Board meetings
  • Procedures
  • Each committee should complete a planning
    worksheet (see template).
  • Each committee should present a written report
    during Board meetings (see template).

9
Principal /Council Communication
  • Educating the Council
  • Modeling open communication
  • Updating Council on topics Catholic identity,
    academics, religious education, enrollment, new
    programs, successes, challenges
  • Essential Elements of a Principals Written
    Report (template)
  • Impact
  • Council members are informed and can spread the
    Good News about the school.
  • Council members become ambassadors for the school.

10
Council Assessment and Evaluation
  • Highly effective Educational School Advisory
    Councils do not just happen!
  • Effective Councils result from an assessment
    process that includes
  • Standards
  • Evaluations
  • Development Plans

11
School Council Assessment and Evaluation
  • Priorities
  • All members of the Council and administration
    must be involved in the assessment/evaluation
    process.
  • The assessment and evaluation process is to be
    conducted annually.

12
Purpose of Assessment and Evaluation
  • To strengthen Council performance and
    effectiveness
  • To provide the platform for planning efforts
  • To help the Council to play a vital role in the
    schools ability to fulfill its mission

13
Assessment and Evaluation Tools
  • Discussion Questions for School Advisory Councils
    (template)
  • Evaluation standards
  • (template)
  • NCEA Measuring the Mission Evaluation

14
Findings and Outcomes for Council Evaluation
  • Members commitment to the work of the Council is
    revived
  • Meetings become more focused and therefore more
    productive
  • Members roles become more clearly understood
  • Committees accept definite tasks and accomplish
    them

15
Training and Professional Development for
Councils Boards
  • Exceptional Councils invest time and resources in
  • ongoing Council development.
  • Membership in Boards and Councils NCEA
  • Webinars
  • Webcasts
  • Wikispaces
  • Conference calls with other Councils/Boards or
    consultants
  • Council/Board Publications

16
School Board Training and Professional Development
  • Each school deserves an effective Council
  • now - more than ever.
  • Information for Council/Boards
  • www.ncea.org/departments/boards/webinars.asp
  • www.ncea.org/departments/boards/webcasts.asp
  • 1 (800) 711-6232

17
Building Partnerships
  • Community partnerships are a win-win
  • relationship for all.
  • The community becomes invested in Catholic
    schools.
  • The community becomes ambassadors for our
    schools.
  • The students learn the importance of service and
    gratitude.
  • Partnerships (template)

18
Challenges for all School Advisory Councils
  • To keep our schools Catholic
  • To provide a high quality education in a
    nurturing environment
  • To keep our schools open, accessible, affordable,
    viable and vibrant
  • To foster partnerships between parishes, the
    school and the community
  • To pray for Gods help---we are not alone.

19
Going for the Gold Standard in School Advisory
Councils
  • Goals established by each committee
  • SMART Goals
  • Specific, measurable, attainable, results
    oriented, and time bound
  • Strategically prioritize goals with Principal and
    Pastor
  • Backward Design- start with the end in mind
  • Develop action steps

20
Gold Standard
  • Recruit and engage committee members to achieve
    goals
  • Committees present written reports on a regular
    basis highlighting goal progress
  • Examine SWOT
  • Celebrate successes
  • Examine support provided to the
    Principalspiritual, physical, emotional,
    material, sounding board
  • The silver and the bronze are only second and
    thirdJesus only wants our bestWe must go for
    the GOLD!

21
To Teach As Jesus DidA Model for School Advisory
Councils
  • Jesus spread the Good News.
  • As a Council how do you spread the Good News
    about your school?
  • Jesus walked among the people and surmised the
    needs.
  • As a Council how often do you attend school
    activities?

22
To Teach as Jesus Did
  • Jesus taught by example and promoted Gospel
    values.
  • As a Council how are you ambassadors for Christ
    through your ministry and work?
  • How do you promote your school?

23
To Teach As Jesus Did
  • Jesus taught through story and parable.
  • As a Council what academic and spiritual
    formation stories can you share with the
    community?
  • Jesus talked to the masses and led them to
    believe in HIM.
  • As a Council what families have you lead to the
    school and to believe in its mission?

24
To Teach As Jesus Did
  • Jesus engaged people of all ranks and classes.
  • As a Council how successful have you been in
    recruiting people of diverse rank, skill, gifts
    and ethnic background to serve on committees?

25
To Teach As Jesus Did
  • Jesus encouraged others to live a life of faith,
    love, and hope.
  • As a Council how have you worked to ensure a hope
    filled vibrant future for your school?
  • As a Council how have you contributed to a faith
    filled and nurturing environment?

26
To Teach As Jesus Did
  • Jesus worked miracles.
  • As a Council do you tell the story of how your
    school works miracles in the lives of its
    students?

27
Question
  • The Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic
  • Education questioned
  • Will it be said of our generation that we
    presided over the demise of the most effective
    and important resource of evangelization in the
    history of the Church in the United States?

28
Reflection
  • Will it be said that our generation lacked
    resolve to preserve this national treasure built
    upon the sacrifice of untold millions?

29
Reflection
  • Will it be said of our generation that
  • We abandoned these powerful instruments of
    justice that provided educational opportunities
    and hope for families otherwise trapped in
    poverty?

30
Reflection
  • SURELY NOT!
  • When the story of Catholic schools is written
    historians will look back on our age and marvel
    that against great odds---
  • WE CHANGED THE ENDING.
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